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Recruit commits, enrolls at Temple

A.J. Sullivan, a former tight end/defensive end at Worcester Academy (Mass), is one of the newest members of Temple’s football team.

Recruit commits, enrolls at Temple

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Temple University officially announced that Matt Rhule, an assistant coach with the New York Giants and the former offensive coordinator with Temple, will be the next head football coach on Monday Dec. 17, 2012. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)
Temple University officially announced that Matt Rhule, an assistant coach with the New York Giants and the former offensive coordinator with Temple, will be the next head football coach on Monday Dec. 17, 2012. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)

A.J. Sullivan, a former tight end/defensive end at Worcester Academy (Mass), is one of the newest members of Temple’s football team.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder enrolled at Temple last week after accepting the Owls scholarship offer on Jan. 13. 

Sullivan joins five other scholarship players and a preferred walk-on as Temple football's January enrollees.

Two of the players - Milford Academy (NY) defensive lineman Kiser Terry (Neshaminy product) and defensive tackle Averee Robinson (Susquehanna Township) - signed with Temple in 2012 before spending last semester at the prep school.  Richland High School graduate John Rizzo (fullback), Albany University transfer Paul Layton (punter) and Blair Academy graduate Jihaad Pretlow (athlete) are the other scholarship enrollees. Former Milford linebacker Shane Nastahowski, who played at Greenwich High (Conn.), enrolled as a walk-on. 

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Temple has recruited Sullivan to play the offensive line.

He was receiving offers primarily from Football Championship Subdivision programs.  As a result, Sullivan planned to remain at his prep school for another semester.

However, Temple, which had a scholarship available after a recent decommitment,  was impressed with Sullivan's film.  After reaching out to him on Jan. 10, he visited the Owls campus the following day. Sullivan was offered a scholarship on Jan. 12.

Inquirer Staff Writer
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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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